Thinking about getting a Pet?

Last updated: January 24, 2013

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Very beautiful eyes of a young dog.

Pets are great companions, they add humour and activity to our lives, but they are also a big responsibility. Beyond the everyday health and nutritional requirements they also require our time and companionship, they need training and entertaining, there are requirements like fences and enclosures, shelter and comfort.

It is not advisable to seek a new pet if your life is undergoing any sort of change in the foreseeable future. Things like relationship changes, accommodation changes, household changes (new flat mates, new baby) work place requirements, travel, death of family member or other pet can be very stressful to our pets. They do not have the ability to verbalise these emotions and so display them behaviourally.

Things to consider are:

  • The amount of time you will spend at home.
  • Do you have adequate fencing/enclosure in place to stop your pet roaming onto other properties
  • The financial costs of health, food, grooming, training and boarding.
  • Commitment to teach your pet what is expected – this can be a life long commitment. Ability to get to training classes each week.
  • Ability to provide exercise, physically and mentally (a lot can be achieved by playing with your pet on a daily basis)
  • Do you have someone who can help care for your pets if you are away?
  • Is your home pet proof.
  • Are their children who visit or live in your home?
  • What will be the effect on other pets in your home?
  • Are there council limits or body corporate restrictions you need to comply with.

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